Opinion

Opinion: In defence of small towns

A more relaxed pace of life attracts many people to New Zealand's smaller towns such as Raglan.

OPINION: Small town New Zealand is not ready to give up the ghost just yet.

Obituary: Harry Manley, 1923-2016

Harry Manley

OBITUARY: Harry Manley was a quiet man who never sought the limelight.  Of an even disposition, he had a strong work ethic and loved his family dearly.  Generous, modest in his achievements and disinclined ever to say a bad word about anybody, Harry did his duty.  He lived through and bore witness to some of the most significant events of last century.

Predator-free NZ achievable

Stoats are one of the most difficult animal pests to control.

Predators kill an estimated 25 million native birds a year. If current trends continue, our national icon the kiwi will disappear from areas with no predator control.

Chlorinate the water

Campylobacter - Stock image

OPINION: The contamination of the water supply in Hawke's Bay should spur the central government into action over mandatory chlorination.

Sacred cows and sacrifices

A man kissing a window of a bus finds out "she is a he" in an ad that has since been taken down by Auckland Transport.

I suppose every generation has  sacred cows. But no religious lot can compare with a secular society when it comes to the sheer number of sacred cows rambling around.

No Ali, don’t say it

Alison Mau says she wouldn't encourage her kids into journalism or broadcasting.

It all unfolded in slow motion.

Film festival line-up

Agyness Deyn in Sunset Song.

Richard Swainson outlines the must-see films in the festival.

The problem with sport

The sporting spheres of the cosmos aligned when Lydia Ko became the youngest women’s player to win a golf major.

Sport goes out the window when money comes into play.

Gavin Ellis: Are Kiwis too complacent?

Politicians and public servants have ridden roughshod over the laws protecting our rights to know important information.

The New Zealand public are a perplexing paradox.

Let's talk about sex

If we really want to help our kids we must tell them what they need to know to make informed decisions about sex.

Why, when it comes to the language our bodies speak, we are so keen to throw our children into the lions’ den?

Opinion: Helping communities develop

Vaughan Payne is chief executive of Waikato Regional Council.

Opinion: Local people and local solutions the key to working well across the region.

Chiefs fan burns jersey video

The ex-Chiefs fan says he has a low tolerance for Mad Monday antics and will not support the Chiefs any more.

Ex-fan's one-man protest after a stripper alleged mistreatment by Chiefs players.

Ban giant cats

Male cats of the Toyger variety can exceed 8kg - imagine the havoc they would wreak on native birds, should any become feral.

OPINION: Whoever allowed the giant cat breeds in should have their heads read.

Stop blaming others

Gloriavale - the strictest control imaginable, but they're not killing children, are they?

OPINION: People need to take responsibility for their lives and their actions.

Colonisation-abuse link considered

Associate Professor Leonie Pihama of the University of Waikato.

Suggestions by Professor Leonie Pihama - that colonisation of New Zealand in the 1800s led to child abuse among Maori today - has to be one of the most provocative statements on the complex and tragic issue so far.

Our excuses are dead

Our excuses are dead like hundreds of our children.

OPINION: Our babies don't need us to scream when they die. They need us to give a damn when they are alive.

A trick of the eye

Max Gimblett and one of his quatrefoil paintings.

OPINION: Artists use visual trickery to make you think.

Governments can fix things, not people

The Faces of Innocents series by Fairfax journalists is a great reminder that governments can't do everything.

OPINION: Governments can never replace caring communities.

Scott Baio an inside joke at the Republican convention

Actor Scott Baio, known for his role as Chachi on the television series Happy Days, speaks at the Republican National ...

OPINION: Only Donald Trump would put Scott Baio on the stage.

Wouldn't it be nice to help kids see a show?

With a flurry of donated ball dresses, Rosalind Arnott, left, and Chloe Oldfield are in the beginnings of starting their ...

OPINION: Which politician will run on a platform of helping kids who can't afford shows?

Fixing our murder law stuff nation

The 17-year prison sentences for the manslaughter of Moko Rangitoheriri drew a public outcry as some thought the two ...

OPINION: This is why we need "degrees" of murder and corporate manslaughter charges.

No friends in trade matters

Prime Minister John Key says he has heard nothing about potential retribution if we impose sanctions on China for ...

OPINION: To not thoroughly investigate the accusations of dumping poor-quality steel here would be to engage in the politics of appeasement and that will be a tragic first for New Zealand.

Singlet a fraud, but Snell isn't

Peter Snell pictured at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics alongside the singlet that turned out to be not his.

OPINION: Peter Snell's offer to gift his medals more generous than most people understand.

Old boys' clubs and diversity

Even kids can spot the difference between boys and girls.

OPINION: Why can't we have single-sex institutions?

Hillary Barry the pioneer has done her job

Hillary Barry should, perhaps, just let the next generation get on with it.

OPINION: Perhaps Hillary Barry should just disappear, the way Belinda Todd did.

Turning 50 a time to reflect

Richard Swainson in his element at Auteur House.

OPINION: This week, I turn 50. Time is ticking away.  

Drugs prompt police shootings

Police at the scene where an armed man was shot by police in Rotorua.

OPINION: Perhaps it's time to stiffen the penalties for methamphetamine sale and use.

It's age before beauty

How dare those oldies outvote the younguns to keep the flag?

We've been getting it wrong for centuries. The expression, that is. I know it usually reads "age before beauty", but the latest thinking shows that's just not right.

Leave Waihi Beach alone

Bowentown in Waihi Beach.

As you drive in from the Hamilton side, Waihi Beach looks like a jewel.

Millionaires don't dream of millions

Rohan Marx ... related to the Groucho side of the family, rather than the Karl side.

Who wants to be a millionaire? Last week, apparently everybody.  

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